At the end of this month we are running our second TechNet Virtual Conference.  See below for all the details along  technet_virtual2_2with registration links.

TechNet Virtual Conference: Friday October 30th 2009

10:00 – 11:00am – IT Manager Session:  Office and Exchange Server 2010

Speaker:  Alistair Speirs and Johann Kruse

Abstract:  Email: The heartbeat of business or a never ending stream of distraction? Love it, or hate it – no IT department can afford to ignore it.  Office and Exchange are two key platforms in Microsoft’s business productivity infrastructure and together they enable communications across PC, Phone, browser and email, voicemail and IM.  In this session learn about some of the advancements in Office and Exchange that will help your users manage their time more efficiently and communicate more effectively. Also, understand how to reduce costs and improve management capability of your unified communications environment.

10:00 – 11:00am – IT Manager Session:  Delivering the Next Generation Desktop – Windows 7 (Citrix guest Speaker)

Abstract: This session will show you how Citrix® can help accelerate the deployment of Windows 7. We will demonstrate how separating the application and desktop, delivers rapid deployment of Windows 7, saving your IT organisation time and money. Citrix will discuss XenDesktop, XenApp, Essentials for Hyper-V and explain how these seamlessly integrate into Microsoft System Centre. Additionally, Citrix will give you a sneak preview into Citrix XenClient™, a client side hypervisor, which will play a revolutionary role in truly changing the way desktops are managed today.

11:30am – 12:30pm – Desktop/End User Specialist Session – Microsoft Windows 7:  Improved Network Access

Speaker:  Jeff Alexander

Abstract:  This session will explore how Windows 7 networking reduce IT costs, improve productivity, and make it easier to manage. We will first discuss the challenges managing the network and then how Windows 7 network solutions address IT Professional needs. Then we will examine each of the new Windows 7 networking features and enhancements and explain why these solutions provide value and reduce IT costs. The feature topics will include Direct Access, VPN reconnect, Mobile Broadband, Branch Cache, and SMB enhancements. In addition, we will discuss File Sharing, transparent caching, and Offline File Enhancements, DNS Security Extensions, multiple active firewalls, and URL-based QoS.

1:00 – 2:00PM – Application/LOB Specialist – Managing you Storage for SQL Server 2008

Speaker:  Ron Dunn – Technology Solutions Professional – Microsoft Melbourne

Abstract: SQL Server 2008 delivers on Microsoft’s Data Platform vision by helping your organization manage any data, any place, any time. Store data from structured, semi-structured, and unstructured documents, such as images and rich media, directly within the database. SQL Server 2008 delivers a rich set of integrated services that enable you to do more with your data such as query, search, synchronize, report, and analyse.

Many customers have SANs. Many customers don't use them well. Attend this session to learn the importance of storage systems to SQL Server performance, and gain practical advice on optimising your SAN to get the best from your databases.

2:30 – 3:30PM – Infrastructure Specialist Session: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2:  Technical Overview

Speaker: Amit Pawar

Abstract:  Check out this session to learn about System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, as well as a preview of what to expect in the upcoming R2 release. Learn about all the features of Virtual Machine Manager 2008, including support for Hyper-V and VMware ESX management, along with VDI management in R2. This is a must-see session for anyone who has or is planning on deploying Hyper-V and ESX infrastructure or wants to see the latest Microsoft System Center virtualization management tool.

So make sure you register at the individual links above and please send us feedback on topics you want to see for future events.  We plan on running these monthly so there is a good chance your content will get in.

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